A recent discovery for me. There are a heap of people out there growing potatoes from seed, saving the seeds, cross pollinating, mixing it up. And yes I couldn’t resist.
Tom Wagner of New World’s Seeds & Tubers has been growing and breeding Tomatoes and Potatoes for over 50 years, so a good place to start. http://tatermaterseeds.com/
I’ve been sent Howie Mandel a True Potato Seed by Tom, here’s what he says’s about it
“‘HOWIE MANDEL’ is a cross of Mandel and John Tom Kaighin that I made recently. This potato clone is an oval /long fingerling type with violet skin and light yellow flesh. The seedlings will segregate for different colors of skin, but the flesh should be mostly yellow. It has a great flavor from the Mandel…aka..Peanut…Almond…etc., and from the John Tom Kaighin which is a three way cross of Lumper to Tollocan and crossed to Tom Kaighin.
The TPS I would send is OP, which means it probably selfed itself, but could have some stray pollen as a pollinator. The flavors of the different seedling tubers should be good to excellent and one should find a variety of cooking types…from floury to waxy. My TPS to you is an invitation…a little seed from me for you to try!”
I have just sown them, indoors in 3 inch pots. They are sitting on a sunny windowsill, so “Compost watching” begins here!